A Novice Perspective From The Cheap Seats
Posted Oct 31st 2011 | By:
Hello Everyone; First off thanks for taking the time to read this. A little about myself...I consider myself still some what of a novice brewer, in that I have just recently moved into the more complex kits and have broadened my brewing horizon. I started off like many other's have in that I was given a Mr. Beer kit and fermentor for a xmas gift 2008. I did the brew that came with the kit and all I can say I was not impressed with what happened. I was a member here and began to read, read and then read some more. I ended up ordering another four recipe kits from the Mr. Beer Company and I did have some other folks give it a go with tasting to give me their own opinions. Those four recipe kits, with a hop addition using fruit and other things showed that there is more to brewing than just opening a can of HME into a pot of boiled water.... I was stoked I wanted to get more complex and more involved in the process to see if I could make even better beer...fast forward I have two Mr. Beer Kegs, I have done about 8-9 of their recipes and I took the step to my first five gallon kit. I used the two fermentors between the kit, and was happy with the results, but I knew I wanted more. This last birthday while in Minneapolis/St. Paul (Mall of America) I asked the Mrs, if we could make a side trip to the Northern Brewer Store in St.Paul.....We did and it was like homebrewer heaven. The staff was top notch and took the time to answer all of my questions wasn't afraid to show me a bunch of different stuff. I ended up leaving there with a new 5 gallon bucket fermentor, five gallon stock pot, and bottling bucket, and after much consternation(it was very hard to choose) I left with their Sierra Madre Pale Ale Kit, some liquid yeast and I was ready for my trip back home to give this whole thing a go.... I brewed the Sierra Madre, as well as three other recipe kits from Austin Home Brew. All I can say about my brewing eperience to date is I can't wait to move forward into partial/Mini-Mashing eventually into all grain. I am still messing around with Q-Brew trying to learn how to put together my own recipes and give those a shot...Until next next time everyone have a great time and have a homebrew.